In Beloved Beautiful Ones!
In 2011 I self-published my first work, Finding Your Force A Journey to Love. I started writing after the tragedy of September 11th. Many writers might tell you that what brought them to their craft was a specific moment. For me writing came at a time of so much confusion and uncertainty. The writer in me was born out of this fear that my daughter would not know the real me. It was important for me to leave her with something. It was important for me to share with her stories that show that I/we exist, that I/we matter and that I/she could dare to dream. I began my life as a writer by blogging about all the horrible things that happened in my life. My blog became the place where I could be in conversation with other creative spirits and work out all the crap life was throwing at me. I realized years later that I had hundreds of blog posts, over 1,300 pages of writing written over eight years. I took everything I had written off of my blog and turned it into my first memoir. Finding Your Force A Journey to Love became my writer’s cry. That work was a love letter to my then 18-year-old daughter about every fcked up thing I had been through. I would learn years later that it was in writing that memoir that I would really be free to write the things I was born to write. Through this work I found my voice and freed the little girl who was locked in closets. I am thrilled you have come to visit my author page. Having a place where I can share with you all that I love, my achievements, my successes, and my inspirations is a dream! In these pages you will find parts of my soul, my love work, my passions, my dreams, my writing and all the places where you can find me sharing my gifts with the world. These pages have everything to do with my life as a creative being, but what I am most proud of is being a Mother and the Writing Midwife!
Thank you for taking this journey with me and for your constant love and support. Love, Light and much Aché for you!
Alicia Anabel Santos is a Producer, Playwright, Speaker, Activist, Teaching Artist, Afrolatina Storyteller, Lesbian Writer and Priestess. She was born in Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer. She is the 2018 recipient of the BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes its Own) in fiction. Alicia is the Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group which will be celebrating its twelfth year. For seventeen years she has created and nurtured safe spaces for emerging and established writers to nurture their creativity. She has been a guest speaker, traveling to more than thirty universities throughout the United States, lecturing on subjects which intersect identity, religion, sexuality, feminism and social justice. In 2011, she published her memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love and her one-woman show I WAS BORN was selected as part of the ONE Festival in New York. Anabel has been a guest on NPR’s Tell Me More and her work has been seen in LATINA Magazine. Having worked for renowned magazines, such as Glamour, Domino and BusinessWeek, it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine, “Two Cultures Marching to One Drum,” that would change the direction of her life. In 2008 she joined Creador Pictures as Writer/Producer of its first documentary, AfroLatinos: An Untaught History. She attended New York University, has a historian scholar for a daughter and lives in the Bronx with her partner.
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